For this issue, our What The CV-HEC Is Happening feature is a “photo-blog” capturing scenes from the CVHEC Higher Education Policy and Legislative Summit held May 5-6 presented under the theme “Post Pandemic World: Recovering with Equity and Inclusion in the Central Valley” in Fresno.
Dr. John D. Welty, Fresno State President-emeritus who left the CVHEC board nine years ago when he retired, returned to join founding board members Dr. Frank Gornick, West Hills Community College District chancellor-emeritus, and Dr. Benjamin Duran, Merced College president-emeritus and current CVHEC executive director, in recalling the early days of the consortium.
At the rare gathering of the presidents and chancellors of 30 Central Valley higher education institutions and other leaders, summit participants engaged in four panel presentations exploring challenges faced by colleges and universities during the pandemic with these topics:
- Looking at Recovery Through a Lens of Equity and Inclusion
- Dual Enrollment as an Equity Strategy for Valley High School Students
- Creating the Central Valley Transfer Model – A Pathway for Valley Students
- Broadband for All – Taking Broadband to the Next Mile in the Central Valley
A student panel once again provided the voices of those served by higher education professionals including several who “starred” in two CVHEC videos made in the past year:
- “Pursuing the Last Mile: Broadband in the Central Valley”
- “Blurring the Lines Between High School and College: Dual Enrollment in the Central Valley”
During the CVHEC Board of Director’s quarterly meeting held the day before the summit, the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Fresno regional campus was seated as the 30th member institution of the consortium.
Following that board meeting, CVHEC presented a Cinco de Mayo Reception featuring Las Hermanas Medina (Sofia, Bela and Paulina) of Hanford and theme decorations by the Kings Cultural Center in Armona. (Special thanks to Dr. Juan Medina, KCC Director, and wife Chely)